Dancing The Wheel In November – Flipping Of The Birds!

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Just over a week ago I thought I saw wild geese – Canada geese to be exact – migrating south across our balcony.

This made me very happy, because normally I always visit the Canada geese in the Feldmark, where they settle in Spring to breed and raise their offspring. Since I hardly made it to the Feldmark this year due to the pandemic, I was especially happy to see them one last time before they started the long journey to their wintering grounds.

Firstly, it turns out differently, secondly, than one thinks.

A birdwatcher on Twitter with more experience pointed out to me that what I saw there was probably cranes.

Totally wild, because I always wanted to see and hear those!

Last year I had heard that cranes also migrate across Hamburg, but to my knowledge I had not seen any. Geese I had seen – and I am still pretty sure that they were Canada geese.

Now I had probably had cranes literally in front of the camera lens and did not recognise them as such.

Therefore I have now informed myself, anew.

An overview of the differentiation can be found (in German language) on the NABU website.

Here it is explained that cranes, like geese, often fly in wedge formation. Elsewhere I have heard that they sometimes fly in a diagonal formation, but this seems to be true for both species, as well.

The wing beat of the cranes is apparently usually slower and you can observe sailing phases in between, which do not occur with the wild geese.

Also it seems that cranes are larger than wild geese.

In addition, cranes have more angular wings with very long, splayed feathers at the wing tips, while the wings of wild geese end in a pointed shape.

Furthermore, the long legs of cranes protrude over the tail feathers, which is not the case with geese.

The kind birdwatcher on Twitter also pointed out to me that cranes have light necks and dark wings. If this is difficult to see in photos, it is worth enlarging them, even if they become pixelated, because you then may be able to actually see this.

Cranes and wild geese can also be distinguished by their calls. I have not been able to distinguish between them very well up to now, especially with regard to the Canada Goose. I do not know why, because now I can hear it clearly. Probably you just have to have heard both of them live – or at least that seems to be the case with me.

Cranes trumpet a melancholic “crru-crarr”. Bird Calls: Call of the Cranes

Canada geese hoot a “cara-cara” and make short cooing sounds during flight. Bird Calls: Call of Canada Geese

Lastly, I have seen on the NABU pages (in German language) that my sighting seems to have taken place exactly at the time of the flight of the cranes.

So I learned something again. That I wanted to share.

The fact that I can observe so much wildlife even though I live in the second largest city of the country makes me very happy. Hamburg has always had a special eye on the integration and maintenance of landscape and nature conservation areas in and around the city and I would like to see it remain that way.

For the opportunity to experience so much urban nature, I am grateful.

By the way, I was just standing with my camera in the balcony door when the wild geese, which were cranes, were flying over our house. Accordingly there even is a short video:

Do you sometimes have to flip the birds – the ones you see, I mean? Which birds have you seen, so far and which ones would you like to see, one day? What else do you enjoy to observe in nature?

Are you ready to shine a bright light of awareness on the path of beingness, today?

Much Love,
Steffi